Accession Number : ADA193292

Title :   Armor in Low Intensity Conflict: What is the Best Tactical Doctrine for Armor in Counterinsurgency?

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Matheny, Michael R

PDF Url : ADA193292

Report Date : 07 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : This study is a tactical analysis of armor in low intensity conflict. The study begins with a discussion of the theory of armor in LIC. This monograph uses J.F.C. Fuller's five combat functions: protect, find, fix, hit, and destroy, to examine the proper role of armor. Vietnam and Afghanistan are analyzed as case studies of the employment of mechanized forces in counterinsurgency. The results of this analysis are then compared to current doctrine. The study concludes that the most appropriate tactical doctrine for armor in LIC depend upon the combat function it serves within the combined arms team. These functions can vary with terrain, organization, and the operational plan. Mechanized forces are best employed in small cordon search operations from battalion to brigade size. Their mobility and firepower are best used in encirclement operations or as a reaction force. Finally, the near term and future implications of this study are considered under Fuller's combat functions.

Descriptors :   *LIMITED WARFARE, *ARMORED VEHICLES, AFGHANISTAN, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, CASE STUDIES, COUNTERINSURGENCY, DOCTRINE, FIREPOWER, FUNCTIONS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, MILITARY TACTICS, PLANNING, RESPONSE, SEARCHING, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, TERRAIN, THEORY, VIETNAM, WARFARE

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE